Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise)

The Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise) is designed to prepare students for professional practice as Sport and Exercise psychologists. The program is accredited by APAC (5th and 6th Year of an APAC accredited psychology sequence). Graduates would be eligible to enter the PsyBA registrar program to pursue endorsement as Sport and Exercise Psychology Psychologists.

The Master of Psychology (Sport and Exercise) provides skills and knowledge centred around understanding psychological factors that contribute to peak performance and wellbeing. Exploration of these factors includes consideration of psychological assessment; ethics in sport and exercise psychology; sports medicine; the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation from injury; team dynamics and group culture; and the application of psychological interventions to optimise wellbeing and performance. Given ISN’s philosophy is grounded in psychology and neuroscience, you will learn a well-considered body of knowledge to practical approaches in sport and exercise, which align with the accreditation requirements governed by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Students will be guided in their training by accomplished sport and exercise psychologists, and they will have opportunities to secure placements in professional sporting and exercise organisations.

Training in sport and exercise psychology prepares students to register as a general psychologist once they complete the program. In order to develop general psychological skills, students complete core units in psychological ethics, assessment, basic interventions, and research. They subsequently complete additional units that specifically focus on psychological factors related to sport and exercise. Students are thus provided with an education pathway that allows them to work in general psychology contexts as well as specifically within sport, exercise, and performance settings

An understanding of Sport and Exercise Psychology like never before.

Evidence-based approaches are used to not only enhance performance but to provide expertise is such areas as health and wellness coaching, anxiety and stress management, concentration and mental preparation, overtraining and burnout, team building and leadership, weight management, debriefing and program evaluation, recovery and restoration, injury rehabilitation, psychological assessment, career transitions, coping strategies, and balancing sport, study, employment, and family life.

Given the growth in the field of sport psychology, we have constructed this course to enable the development of holistic skills to ensure the profession thrives. A possible articulation pathway (for eligible students meeting the entry requirements) to the Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) program includes the added skill set for clinical psychology.

Prospective students who have completed a four-year, APAC accredited* sequence in Psychology are eligible to apply for a place in the Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise) at ISN Psychology.

  • The minimum academic entry requirement is the completion of an APAC accredited 4th year of study at an average equivalence across units of 70%. Entry into the Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise) is competitive and requires consideration of academic results, relevant experience and the outcome of interviews.
  • Applicants who can demonstrate that they are currently registered as a psychologist and complying with the CPD requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) will be exempted from the aforementioned entry requirements and considered for entry into the postgraduate course based on experience in the field.
  • Applicants must be eligible for registration as a provisional psychologist with PsyBA. Successful candidates will be asked to apply for provisional registration and provide a police check, working with children check and evidence of appropriate professional indemnity insurance and/ or APS membership as part of the enrolment process.
  • Applicants will be ranked on the basis of academic merit (based on the transcripts provided), previous work experience and/or training, and academic and professional referee reports
  • Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview and assessment will be made during this process to select candidates for the program.
  • Domestic students with Australian citizenship or Permanent Residency rights (or New Zealand Citizenship) can apply.
  • ISN cannot currently accept applications for international students.
  • Candidates must meet minimum English language proficiency standards for entry to the course. This will require that candidates have successfully completed a 4th year APAC accredited psychology degree (and demonstrated English equivalency).
  • Permanent residency students and/or students who have obtained their qualifications from overseas, in addition to providing their APS documentation for equivalency, need to demonstrate acceptable International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. An overall minimum of 7.0 with no band less than 7 is expected.

(*Students who completed their undergraduate studies overseas but meet the domestic student criteria can apply for this course. ISN requires evidence of course equivalence in the form of an APS assessment document for all international qualifications).

Selection Process

  1. Applicants will be ranked on the basis of academic merit (based on the transcripts provided), previous work experience and/or training, academic and professional referee reports.
  2. Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview and scores will be derived during this process to select candidates for the program.
  3. Domestic students with Australian citizenship or Permanent Residency rights (or New Zealand Citizenship) can apply.
  4. ISN cannot currently accept applications for international students.

Working as a psychologist is a complex and challenging role with wide ranging responsibilities. Foremost among these is our responsibility for the safety of the public. At ISN Psychology we take these obligations seriously.

As part of ISN Psychology training in psychology, you will be made aware of the personal, professional, ethical, and legal aspects of these responsibilities.

In effect, the training in the Master program involves developing knowledge, learning a set of skills, and taking up the role of a professional psychologist. To this end, the development of the personal and professional go hand in hand.

A number of aspects of your training program are designed to specifically support the development of these skills. These include regular monitoring of your academic and professional activities and your engagement in all aspects of the program. You will be given feedback about how you are progressing and developing the required competencies.

The inherent standards below specify the course requirements of the Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise) for student admission and progression. The statements are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal issues, communication, cognition, relational skills, reflective skills, and sustainable performance. Many of the activities associated with the professional practice of a registered psychologist are time sensitive, where the capacity to perform certain activities within specified time limits is required to reduce or avoid risks to client safety and wellbeing. The safety and wellbeing of you and others is always of paramount importance at ISN.

Students are required to undertake placement activities in mixed-gender environments that are reflective of the Australian health care context.

Successfully completing the course enables you to apply for registration as a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), which is a partner board of the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA). The inherent requirements outlined below provide a guide for students and staff when deciding whether you are able to meet these requirements and the type of reasonable adjustments that could be put in place to allow you to complete the course without compromising the academic integrity of the program.

Your responsibility is to act professionally. This involves ongoing reflection and actively engaging and responding to feedback. Professional conduct that falls outside of this is subject to review. The review process may include participation in a meeting with senior ISN staff where feedback, guidelines for professional behaviour and timelines for change will be provided.

In instances where an acceptable standard of professional behaviour is not attained, ISN Psychology retain the option to terminate involvement in the program.

Please see the following link for more detail. Although the link is specific for a Master-level course in Clinical Psychology, the general principles apply to the Master course in Sport & Exercise and the Professional Doctorate in Psychology:

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ir/inherent_requirements/inherent_requirements_for_master_of_psychology_clinical_psychology

The Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise) is offered face-to-face at ISN Psychology’s Ivanhoe campus and at sporting facilities such as the Junction Oval in St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria. Graduates of the Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise) are prepared for work in a number of settings such as sports and exercise organisations (e.g., gyms), school sport programs, performing arts venues, and private practice.

The role of a Sport and Exercise Psychologist has become flexible and amendable to the growing sport and exercise industries; ISN will look to provide you with a placement that reflects the real-world work required for psychological service delivery with everyday individuals as well as elite athletes.

The Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise) provides an APAC accredited 5th and 6th-year sequence in psychology. The program is offered as a blended-learning course requiring web-based education,, face-to-face activities, and work-integrated learning.

The Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise) is nested within the Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) providing students with the opportunity to articulate up into the Doctor of Psychology provided they meet eligibility requirements and have demonstrated a high level of achievement and progression within their professional coursework, placements, and research activities undertaken within the Master course. The Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) consists of a further 1.5 years of study to broaden research and scholarship activities and to add additional experience for eligibility to pursue a registrar program for an area of practice endorsement in Clinical Psychology in addition to a Sport and Exercise Psychology endorsement.

YEAR 1
Semester 1

ISNS501 Ethics and Professional Issues

ISNS502 Research Project 1

ISNS503 Psychopathology and Pharmacology

ISNS504 Principles of Psychotherapy and Basic Counselling Skills

ISNS505 Psychometric Assessment

Semester 2

ISNS511 Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

ISNS512 Practice Placement

ISNS513 Psychological Factors in Performance

ISNS514 Evidence Based Practice

ISNS515 Research Project 2

YEAR 2
Semester 1

ISNS601 Clinical Health Psychology

ISNS602 S&E Placement 1 (20 points)

ISNS603 Sport Medicine and Physiology

ISNS604 Sport and Exercise Interventions

Semester 2

ISNS611 S&E Placement 2 (20 points)

ISNS612 Group Dynamics and Culture

ISNS613 Research Project 3 (20 points)

ISN Psychology is a FEE-HELP approved provider.

Tuition Fees are payable upfront or through FEE-HELP for eligible students.

ISN Psychology is a FEE-HELP approved provider.

Tuition Fees are payable upfront or through FEE-HELP for eligible students.

Schedule of FEE HELP/ Upfront Tuition Fees 2021 Year 1 Units

Name of Course: Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Year 1)
Training Package Code: MPsych (Sport & Exercise)
Delivery Location(s): Ivanhoe campus
Delivery Mode(s): On-site (depending on COVID-19 restrictions)

NOTE:

ISN Psychology has in place MOUs with a number of organisations with respect to providing Sport & Exercise students with placement opportunities.

This course has just been approved by TEQSA, and ISN is now able to enter into formal placement agreements with organisations related to sport & exercise psychology.

We are now in the process of formalising these and other agreements.

While it is anticipated that these agreements will be put in place in a timely fashion for a July 2021 start date, delivery of this program is subject to finalising formal placement agreements to the satisfaction of TEQSA.

Unit of Study Unit Code Commence date Census date Completion date* EFTSL TUITION FEES
Mid Year intake Mid Year intake Mid Year intake Full fee-paying (FFP) Government subsidised student (GSS)
Semester 1: Ethics & Professional Issues ISNS501 27 Jul 28 Aug 20 Nov 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Research Project 1 ISNS502 27 Jul 28 Aug 20 Nov 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Psychopathology and Pharmacology ISNS503 27 Jul 28 Aug 20 Nov 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Principals of Psychotherapy and Basic Counselling Skills ISNS504 27 Jul 28 Aug 20 Nov 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Psychometric Assessment ISNS505 27 Jul 28 Aug 20 Nov 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ISNS511 27 Jul

1 Mar

28 Aug

26 Mar

20 Nov

25 Jun

0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Practice Placement ISNS512 27 Jul

1 Mar

28 Aug

26 Mar

20 Nov

25 Jun

0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2:Psychological Factors in Performance ISNS513 27 Jul

1 Mar

28 Aug

26 Mar

20 Nov

25 Jun

0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Evidence Based Practice ISNS514 27 Jul

1 Mar

28 Aug

26 Mar

20 Nov

25 Jun

0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Research Project 2 ISNS515 27 Jul

1 Mar

28 Aug

26 Mar

20 Nov

25 Jun

0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Total 1.000 $35,430.00 N/A

* End of Exam Period; *Midyear intake may allow for students with RPL to articulate into 2nd Semester of the Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise).

Schedule of FEE HELP/ Upfront Tuition Fees – Year 2 Units 

Name of Course: Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Year 2)
Training Package Code: MPsych(Sport & Exercise)
Delivery Location(s): Ivanhoe campus
Delivery Mode(s): On-site

Unit of Study Unit Code Commence date Census date Completion date* EFTSL TUITION FEES
Full fee-paying (FFP)** Government subsidised student (GSS)
Semester 1: Clinical Health Psychology ISNS601 TBC TBC TBC 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: S&E Placement 1 ISNS602 TBC TBC TBC 0.20 $7,086.00 N/A
Semester 1: Sport Medicine and Physiology ISNS603 TBC TBC TBC 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Sport and Exercise Interventions ISNS604 TBC TBC TBC 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: S&E Placement 2 ISNS611 TBC TBC TBC 0.20 $7,086.00 N/A
Semester 2: Group Dynamics and Culture ISNS612 TBC TBC TBC 0.20 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Research Project 3 ISNS613 TBC TBC TBC 0.20 $7,086.00 N/A
Total 1.000 $35,430.00 N/A

** NOTE: Fees indicative and based on 2021 pricing.  Price adjustment may result in 2022 in line with Consumer Price Index.